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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Sniffing Sand

Sniffing Sand by Sarita Leone
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery
Length: Full
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 Books
Review by Orange Blossom

Building the perfect house on idyllic Chincoteague Island is a dream come true—or so Nina thinks. But when her marriage ends just as the finishing touches are put on her beachfront home, Nina’s pleasure turns to pain. To further complicate things, a body washes up just outside her back door. Not just any body, either. Facedown and seaweed-covered, the corpse is her ex’s new lover. Now that presents its own share of problems!

Maxx Tallman, Chincoteague’s Chief of Police, is smart, handsome and fast on the trail of the murderer. He just might be the man to help Nina free herself from the web of intrigue that ensnares her. Who knows? He might be the one to help fill her lonely nights, too.

But first they’ve got to catch a killer. Fast—before the tide pushes any more bodies onto the sand.

Sniffing Sand is a romantic suspense of the cozy mystery variety. It’s not a fast paced thriller but more like something Agatha Christie might have written and just as fascinating.

The book is written in third person from the perspective of the heroine, Nina, a reporter for the local island newspaper. She’s also a woman who’s already been through a lot emotionally as the story begins and as a reader you relate to her and want her to succeed in her quest to find a killer and to find her happiness as well. Enter the handsome police chief, Maxx Tallman. We only get to see him through the eyes of Nina and she seems to have stars in her eyes when it comes to Maxx. He’s a strong, capable man but even more he is able to open his heart to Nina with a level of truth and sincerity that she really needs after her last romantic fiasco. The background setting of Chincoteague Island enters into the story unobtrusively just showing the way of life of the Islanders and how they view their island home.

The only complaint I had with this story is that it seemed to take a couple chapters to really grip my attention and it took about 50 pages to introduce the love interest of the heroine. Other than that it is a vividly written book with a well-laid out plot and fantastic characters. I recommended it.